See also: úter



Etymology 1Edit

For *cuter, from Proto-Indo-European *kʷóteros, from *kʷos (which), ultimately from *kʷ-. See also Ancient Greek πότερος (póteros, which of the two) and English whether.


uter m (feminine utra, neuter utrum); first/second declension

  1. either, which (of two)
  2. both

First/second declension, nominative masculine singular in -er, with genitive singular in -īus and dative singular in .

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masculine Feminine Neuter Masculine Feminine Neuter
nominative uter utra utrum utrī utrae utra
genitive utrīus utrōrum utrārum utrōrum
dative utrī utrīs
accusative utrum utram utrum utrōs utrās utra
ablative utrō utrā utrō utrīs
vocative uter utra utrum utrī utrae utra

Derived termsEdit

Etymology 2Edit

For *udris, from Proto-Indo-European *wed- (water). Confer with Ancient Greek ὑδρία (hudría, water-pot, pitcher).


ūter m (genitive ūtris); third declension

  1. wine or water skin or bottle
  2. bag made of hide (inflated for flotation)
Usage notesEdit
  • Although the nominative and accusative plural of ūter was normally ūtrēs, the rare alternative neuter plural ūtria is also attested.

Third declension i-stem.

Case Singular Plural
nominative ūter ūtrēs
genitive ūtris ūtrium
dative ūtrī ūtribus
accusative ūtrem ūtrēs
ablative ūtre ūtribus
vocative ūter ūtrēs
Derived termsEdit


  • uter in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • uter in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • uter” in Félix Gaffiot’s Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette (1934)
  • Carl Meissner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • (ambiguous) to offer a person the alternative of... or..: optionem alicui dare,
    • (ambiguous) it is a debated point whether... or..: in contentione ponitur,
  • uter in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • Andrew L. Sihler (1995) New Comparative Grammar of Greek and Latin, New York, Oxford, Oxford University Press
  • Julius Pokorny (1959), Indogermanisches etymologisches Wörterbuch, in 3 vols, Bern, München: Francke Verlag

Old High GermanEdit


Common West Germanic *ūdhr-, from Proto-Indo-European *h₁ewHdʰr̥-, *h₁owHdʰr̥-, *h₁uHdʰr̥- (udder).


ūter ?

  1. udder




Borrowed from Latin uterus, French utérus



uter n (plural utere)

  1. (anatomy) uterus